PROJECT TITLE
NYS Transition Services Professional Development Support Center (PDSC)

OVERVIEW

The K. Lisa Yang & Hock E. Tan Institute at Cornell University is under contract as the Professional Development Support Center (PDSC) for New York State from 2015-2020. Federal and New York State law mandates school districts to provide students with disabilities the appropriate transition services to assist in meeting their post-secondary goals for education, employment, and independent living.

The current work of the PDSC builds on two decades of previous work focusing on advancing what works in the transition from school to adult life for students with disabilities in New York. We continue to collaborate with the State‘s Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center’s (RSE-TASC) Transition Specialists in our shared mission to increase the use of evidence-based practices in transition across New York State.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

The PDSC provides:

  • Customized materials and reporting support for regional specialists
  • Systemic collaboration with other NYSED school improvement efforts
  • Initial training and support for new regional transition specialists
  • Continual field-based technical assistance, professional development, capacity building, and innovation across all layers of the project

We also provide a resource and planning website, TransitionSource.org. The site's resources are based on in-school factors that are predictors of post–school success, as identified by the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). The design of this State-initiated website ensures all NYS residents statewide access to a multimedia online resource base. The TransitionSource site also hosts an online forum and resource maps enabling school districts, agencies, parent centers, and others to share transition resources and activities across New York State. Transition Services PDSC continually works to improve the functionality and quality of the TransitionSource website by adding additional information and media-based resources to assist Transition Specialists and school districts to improve transition programs and services.

Through the RSE-TASC Transition Specialists, school districts can access technical assistance and professional development on a variety of topics related to effective transition planning and services, including but not limited to:

  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) development relating to transition planning
  • Student exit summaries
  • Age-appropriate transition assessments
  • Work-based learning
  • Self-advocacy/self-determination
  • Partnering with community agencies

CONTACT INFORMATION

Nancy Hinkley

Email: nah36@cornell.edu

Phone: (607) 255-1109

FUNDING AGENCY

New York State Education Department
Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Nancy Hinkley

COLLABORATING PARTNERS

Parent Network of Western New York